With a major international football tournament coming to Ynys Mon in just under two weeks, the island’s men’s and women’s team managers have today confirmed their final squads for the competition and both have their eyes set on securing a medal at the Huws Gray Ynys Mon 2019 Inter-Island Games competition.
16 teams from 10 islands across the globe are set to arrive on Anglesey on June 15th to compete in a week-long international football competition – the first of it’s kind to take place on Ynys Mon – which is being hosted at 11 different venues across the island.
Men’s Manager Campbell Harrison has announced a 20-man squad for his side’s campaign, with Women’s Manager Karen Williams announcing 18 players in her final squad.
Speaking following the announcement, Harrison and Williams said:
“It gives us both great pleasure to announce our final squads for this summer’s Huws Gray Ynys Mon 2019 Tournament. Ourselves, our staff, and our squads have been on such a fantastic journey over the last year or so building up to June 15th and to be at the point of announcing our final selections for this historic tournament is very exciting.
“What this journey has absolutely proved to both of us is that the talent and the passion from football players on the island is out there! Between us we’ve assessed well over 120 players as we’ve looked to build our squads for this tournament, and the quality of player we have on the island coupled with the desire to wear our shirt and represent our home has made coming to our final decisions very difficult.
“Cutting down our provisional squads proved very challenging, because every player worked so hard and gave their all, and we’ve had to make some tough decisions, but we feel with the 20 men’s and 18 women’s players selected that both our sides have realistic chances of winning a medal at this summer’s tournament.
“It will be a massive honour for us all to represent Ynys Môn on home turf this summer – we will be the first ever football teams to do it at this level – and we can’t wait to get going now. We’re going to do everything we can to make our island proud of us, and we would absolutely love to have their support.
“Our campaigns get underway on June 16th at Holyhead Hotspur, with the Women’s kicking off at 1:30pm and the Men’s kicking off at 5 – please come down and show your support – it would mean the world to us and our players!”